As the American economy collapses due to the Chinese Virus, America’s suicide hotlines are seeing a huge spike in calls. Re-open America, Mr. President! The cure is already worse than the disease.
We’re going to have to trust Americans to reopen the economy in the right places, in smart ways, at the right time.
If we don't, it's going to collapse, and, if the U.S. economy collapses, the world economy collapses.
Trying to burn down the village to save it won't work. pic.twitter.com/zak3EXzxrJ
— John Kennedy (@SenJohnKennedy) April 16, 2020
Feeling the pressures of the pandemic: Suicide hotlines see 800 percent spike in calls
By Fox 17 Nashville, April 14, 2020:
ASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — Jobs disappearing, businesses shutting down, and separation from friends and family due to COVID-19 have placed an uncomfortable, emotional strain on people. Some describe feelings of unmanageable stress, isolation sadness and thoughts of being trapped or powerless.
With that, Former Congressman Patrick J Kennedy says calls at suicide hotlines have increased by 800 percent as resources shift to COVID-19 relief. The mental health advocate sounded the alarm at a Metro Nashville news conference, raising the question – Will the silent killer of mental illness be our country’s next major crisis?
“The tragedy of COVID is it exacerbates this already prevalent mental health and addiction crisis. No one doubts that mental health and addiction is real,” Kennedy commented. “Every single American has been faced with a mental health issue in this COVID crisis, themselves, not just a family member, but themselves.”
His short answer: yes. Kennedy believes mental illness and addiction crises are right underneath the COVID-19 emergency, not waiting to creep out.
“We ought to be concerned about people dying. Whether they’re dying of the COVID or whether they’re dying of overdose, it’s still a death and there’s not one that’s worse than the other because both deaths rob families and a loved one, and they ought to be paid attention to,” Kennedy said.
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